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NSG expands into downtown location

Geiken family business offers space to business community.

Over the past 16 months, many Gothenburg residents have watched the outside of a former grocery store and pharmacy change into office space for Nebraska Salt & Grain Co.

Transformation has also occurred inside the 14,450-square foot building that has been remodeled to include a luxurious atrium, 11 offices, a spacious meeting room—complete with roomy kitchen with amenities—and a conference room, weight room for employees and more.

The public can view the finished project during an open house at 520 10th St., on Friday, Nov. 11, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

“It’s an asset to the community and enhances our own company for business purposes,” said Norm Geiken, president of the company.

Colleen Geiken, Norm’s wife, is vice president.

The Geiken’s three sons manage facets of the business.

Wade Geiken manages the grain business and is part of the day-to-day operations of NSG while Shane and Todd Geiken manage the farm and cattle divisions of Eagle Hills Ranch, Inc.

The decision to buy and remodel the downtown building was driven by a need to expand, Norm said.

“We’ve gradually added employees and have run out of room,” he said.

For several years, Norm said the Geikens looked for space to expand and finally found it.

Bookkeeping and sales will move to the downtown building while NSG headquarters will remain at the 115 W. 16th location.

Four new employees were added recently which boosts employment to 65.

In addition to filling an empty building downtown (Fiesta Foods used to occupy the space), Geiken said a large meeting room with a full-sized kitchen and freezer will be available to the business community for meetings, luncheons, speakers and other activities.

“We can accommodate large, small and intermediate groups, from five to 250 people,” Norm said, noting that a sound system, drawing board and a drop-down screen for presentations are included in the meeting room.

Rent will be charged, based on the size of the group.

A spacious atrium, complete with a fireplace and a glass case filled with historical family memorabilia, greets visitors when they enter the building.

Close to the reception area, on the west side of the atrium, is a large, flat-screen television that will broadcast commodity markets.

A patio area, for gathering and grilling on warm days, is on the north end of the building.

Eleven offices, rest rooms with showers, and a weight room for employees are located at the west end of the building as is a smaller conference room.

Schlake Construction remodeled the building from plans created by the Geikens. Local contractors and businesses were hired as much as possible, Norm said.

Norm added that the Geiken daughters-in-law—Tracy Geiken, who is married to Wade; Lisa Geiken, Shane’s wife; and Lisa Geiken, who is married to Todd—are also work for NSG.

“Many people say you can’t have family working together but we’ve defied those odds,” he said. “We work at making it work and talk about it.”

Working together, he said, has made the family stronger.

“And I know it can continue without Colleen and I,” Norm said.

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